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    THAT Arya Rajam has not followed her mother into the world of dance maybe surprising to some, but the apple has not fallen far from the tree when it comes to determination and being a free spirit. The 27-year-old did learn a dance form—the Russian ballet— all for the sake of her first novel, Blood, Sweat and Tears. Launched last year, the novel talks about Zaria, an aspiring ballerina. “The book is about her journey of life and the drama as a ballet dancer,” says Rajam. She then shares her mother’s role in her own life. “She has always asked me to follow my heart,” she says. For Women’s Day, the writer will be reading passages from her book, at 136.1 Yoga Studio in Alwarpet. The session will end with a Q&A session with Shekinah Jacob, the Chennai playwright. Also look out for soulful music by Vedanth Bharadwaj.

    Strength of a woman
    Rajam shares what she learned as a young woman,‘‘be ambitious and let nothing stop you. My mother always told me this.’’Jacob has already read the book and hopes to find out more about it through the session and, for the occasion, she says, ‘‘Our sensibilities and experiences give us a voice that is not only uniquely enjoyable, but can also show us the way forward.’’

    The upcoming novelist wishes to tour schools in the country to encourage students to read and write stories and poetry, “I want youngsters to consider a career in writing,” she concludes.

    At 136.1 Yoga Studio, Alwarpet, tomorrow. Details: 42347670

     — Mrinalini Sundar

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